Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ

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The time is ripe for a new account of the life of Jesus. It has been over twenty-five years since an evangelical New Testament scholar has written a textbook survey of this type. Today the landscape of Jesus and Gospel studies has been radically transformed by new questions and critical challenges. No less remarkable is the contemporary renaissance of our knowledge of the world of Jesus.

In Jesus the Messiah Robert Stein draws together the results of a career of research and writing on Jesus and the Gospels. Every episode in the life of Jesus is here treated with historical care and attention to its significance for understanding the life and ministry of Jesus. Clearly written, ably argued and geared to the needs of students, Jesus the Messiah will give probing minds a sure grounding in the life and ministry of Jesus.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stein, professor of New Testament at Bethel Theological Seminary, here attempts to remove the study of the life and work of Jesus of Nazareth from the realm of historical-critical study that has marked the quest for the historical Jesus from Albert Schweitzer to the Jesus Seminar. Stein declares that Jesus' supernatural nature, confirmed through Jesus' miracle-working ability, is the proper starting point for a study of the life of Christ. It is necessary, he argues, to speak of the Jesus of faith rather than merely a historical figure whose life may be dissected by the scalpel of academic criticism. Rather than engage in polemics, Stein very carefully examines every episode in the life of Jesus, from his birth through his boyhood to his death and resurrection, in a quest to understand the life and ministry of Jesus in its first-century context as well as its meaning for 20th-century culture. Stein's thoroughly researched and well-informed study of the life of Jesus offers a good introduction for any reader interested in the historical Jesus. Nov.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830818846
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/1996
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 363,673
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert H. Stein is senior professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.

He is the author of An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus, The Method and Message of Jesus' Teachings, Difficult Passages in the New Testament, Luke (New American Commentary), A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible, Studying the Synoptic Gospels: Origin and Interpretation and The Synoptic Problem: An Introduction.

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: Key Issues in Studying the Life of Christ
1. Where You Start Determines Where You Finish: The Role of Presuppositions in Studying the Life of Christ
2. Where Can We Go? Sources for Studying the Life of Jesus
3. When Did All This Take Place? The Problem of ChronologyPart Two: The Life of Christ
4. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary: How It All Started
5. What Was the Boy Jesus Really Like? The Silent Years
6. The Baptism of Jesus: The Anointing of the Anointed
7. The Temptation of Jesus: The Battle Begun, the Path Decided
8. The Call of the Disciples: You Shall Be My Witnesses
9. The Message of Jesus: "The Kingdom of God Has Come to You"
10. The Person of Jesus: "Who Then Is This, That Even the Wind & the Sea Obey Him?"
11. The Events of Caesarea Philippi: The Turning Point
12. The Transfiguration: A Glimpse of the Future
13. The Triumphal Entry: Israel's King Enters Jerusalem
14. The Cleansing of the Temple: God's Houseā€”a Den of Thieves
15. The Last Supper: Jesus Looks to the Future
16. Gethsemane, Betrayal & Arrest: God's Will, Human Treachery & Governmental Evil
17. The Trial: The Condemning of the Innocent
18. Suffered Under Pontius Pilate, Dead & Buried: Despised & Rejected, a Man of Suffering
19. The Resurrection: "Why Do You Look for the Living Among the Dead?"
Index of Subjects
Index of References

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